Based in Los Angeles, California, Valenzuela works in photography, video, painting, and installation.
Using autobiographical threads to inform larger universal fields of experience, Valenzuela constructs narratives, scenes, and stories to point tensions between the individual and communities. Both in its aesthetic and subject, much of his work is around gestures of alienation and displacement. He often uses landscapes and tableaus with day laborers or even himself to explore the way an image is inhabited, and the way that spaces, objects, and people are transferred into or relocated in images.
"My work serves as an expressive and intimate point of contact between the broader realms of subjectivity and political contingency. Through my videos and photographs, I make images that feel at the same time familiar yet distant. I engage the viewer in questions concerning the ways in which the formation and experience of each work are situated—how they exist in and out of place."—from Rodrigo Valenzuela's website.
About: Rodrigo Valenzuela is a Chilean-born, Los Angeles-based artist working in photography, video, painting, and installation. His work has been exhibited internationally, including in recent solo exhibitions at Lisa Kandlhofer Galerie, Vienna; the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS; the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, TN; Klowdenmann Gallery, Los Angeles; the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago, Chile. He has held several artist residencies across the US and Canada including a fellowship at the Drawing Center, New York; the Core Fellowship at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; and residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME and the MacDowell Colony, NE. In 2021, Valenuzlea was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography. He earned his MFA in Photomedia at the University of Washington, Seattle, and has a BA in philosophy from Evergreen State College and a BFA in art history and photography from the University of Chile.